Jacob's Family-Dysfunctional Relationships and the Grace of God - Jacob's Unusual Marriage

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Sunday, 01 November 2009
40:50:00

Introduction:

  • Gen 29 - 50: a biblical soap-opera?
  • Disharmony within God’s chosen family

 

1. Boy meets Girl (v.1 -14)

  • The story so far (Gen. 27 - 28)
  • An innocent meeting

2. An unscrupulous Uncle intervenes (v. 15 - 30)

  • What is going through Laban’s mind?
  • What sort of way is this to treat your daughters?
  • The inevitable consequence (v. 30)

3. God’s Hand in Events

  • Rights of the firstborn (v. 26): we have been here before!
  • God’s discipline of Jacob

 

 

Conclusion

  • How to draw principles from such an unusual marriage?
  • Dysfunctional relationships and God’s grace

 

Questions for Discussion

  • Do you agree with the preacher’s general approach to Genesis 29 - 50?
  • Among the more detailed points of interpretation suggested by the preacher, which did you agree with and which disagree with?
  • What principles would you draw from Genesis 29?